Kurt Vonnegut

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A man of many (yet respectable) words, Kurt Vonnegut was always ready to express his intricately woven philosophies in his literature and art. After facing many personal trials including his mother’s suicide and his prisoner of war status, Vonnegut had a wealth of material to write about. Self described as a Freethinker and Humanist, Vonnegut wrote an impressive catalog of science fiction philosophy novels. Although at worst he was described as simply a “comic book philosopher,” the majority of the scholarly world sees him dark moral comedy king and as an expert social satirist and humanist. (Katz 1) With such works as his anthropology thesis-worthy “Cat’s Cradle” and his personal triumph, “Slaughterhouse Five,” Vonnegut left a genre-bending legacy that asks humans many poignant questions about free-will and of the very reasons for their existence. Born on the day of the first World War’s Armistice, Kurt Vonnegut came into a world that would offer him heavy tribulations for the first third of his life. (Smith 2) He, of course, eventually came to believe that every second of it was predetermined, which brought him great comfort in his later years. As early as high school, he began to show talents for writing, as he served on the nations first daily high school newspaper, The Daily Echo. (Smith 2) He continued onto Cornell, where he studied biochemistry, and served as the associate editor for the paper there, The Cornell Daily Sun. When he enlisted in the army, they sent him to The University of Tennessee and he changed his major to mechanical engineering. (Smith 2) During his time there his mother committed suicide, on Mother’s Day, 1944. This disturbed Vonnegut for the rest of his life, and the mental inequalities that plague... ... middle of paper ... ...ssociation. 12 Apr. 2007. 11 Apr. 2008. Katz, Joe. “Alumnus Vonnegut dead at 84” Chicago Maroon. 13 Apr. 2007. 11 Apr. 2008. Smith, Dinita. "Kurt Vonnegut, Novelist Who Caught the Imagination of His Age, Is Dead at 84." The New York Times. 12 Apr. 2007. NY Times Online Database. 11 Apr. 2008. . Vonnegut, Kurt. Confetti 45. 2006. Vonnegut.com. 11 Apr. 2008. Vonnegut, Mark. “Twisting Vonnegut's Views On Terrorism.” ­The Boston Globe. 27 Dec. 2005. Boston.com News. 11 Apr. 2008.

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